Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We've worked with the charity SkyWay to transform an area of unloved towpath.
A garden space in a ‘hidden corner’ next to Kingsland Road Bridge has been created through a community adoption by SkyWay. SkyWay took on the adoption following a successful pilot programme along this stretch of canal and now undertake weekly clean up events as part of their youth reparations work.
Jeannette Brooks, development & engagement manager for the Canal & River Trust, explains: “This space had been blighted by vandalism and anti-social behaviour and needed a bit of attention, love and care. The garden has transformed this hidden corner of towpath and will provide a peaceful place for the local community and towpath visitors to enjoy, as well as hopefully helping to prevent anti-social behaviour in the area.”
The garden features an original archway which has been restored and a variety of plants including hardy evergreens, artichokes and ivy, and an oak tree.
There are benches and a terrace for people to use. The garden will also feature new signage, bins and towpath lighting, as well as a wall of art by London artist R U N. Canal & River Trust volunteers assisted with the planting and brought the soil to the site by boat, all the way from west London.
Adopt a canal
Could you adopt a canal and make a difference to your local community?
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018